News Metropolitan Police of officers entering a property in Marcella Road, SW9, as police targeted a notorious gang in a series of early morning raids across the UK

Senior members of one of the country’s most notorious gangs have been arrested after expanding their drug-dealing operations outside of their south London stronghold to target lucrative new markets, police said yesterday.

Doing what comes naturally

Fashions come and go but Ian Mankin's natural fabrics are always in demand, reports Hester Lacey

PM challenged to live on pensioner's monthly income

THE PENSIONS REVOLUTION Keeping body and soul together is a daily struggle for Elizabeth Raybone

Spit, polish and sell

How far should you go in redecorating for the market?

Letter: Shops kept warm by air curtains

Sir: David Nowell (letter, 2 January) condemns the fact that retailers appear to be "wasting large amounts of energy" by leaving shop doors open in sub-zero temperatures.

A suitable case for treatment

Chloe Poems Healing Roadshow Battersea Arts Centre, London

Shopping: The second hand

Having new curtains made is a costly business. Obviously it depends on the size, what fabric you want, and whether you want them lined or even interlined. But a decent lined set made, say, 8ft wide, with a 10ft drop, are going to cost at least pounds 400. And that is just one set. The obvious answer is to buy second hand.

Boardman wins silver medal in 'nightmare'

Rain dampened Chris Boardman's desire for a golden finish to a season that many would regard as a career's worth of achievement. After finishing second to Switzerland's Alex Zulle in the World Time Trial Championship here yesterday, Boardman admitted he was still haunted by his crash in last year's Tour de France when on rain-soaked roads he fell, breaking a wrist and ankle.

Real women don't decorate with chintz

No 147: IKEA

Letter: Hackney can do better

In your breakdown of the top 20 subjects in adult education ("New language, new curtains, new lover", 15 September), where are the sciences? It is generally accepted that as a society we are scientifically illiterate and it is a shame that adult education classes are not addressing this problem.

Shopping: What should you be looking for in a vacuum cleaner?

Dust bag or no dust bag? Upright or cylinder? Object of desire or workhorse? We subjected our six chosen machines to a battery of tests to check how easy they were to assemble, how simple to manoeuvre on the flat and on stairs, how heavy to carry around and, most fundamentally, how well they removed anything from fluff and biscuit crumbs to talcum powder and ground-in cigarette ash from carpet and upholstery.

Blinded by the light

Are net curtains a sad necessity? Lesley Gillilan looks for the alternatives

Behind the net curtains lived a sad and lonely woman whose cry for help was to abandon the child she loved

A portrait of a lonely, desperate mother who could no longer cope emerged yesterday as police continued their search for Julie Lane, who left her four-year-old child beneath a bush in a park in Bournemouth, Dorset, earlier this week.

White wine in a thin green glass

My Silver Shoes by Nell Dunn, Bloomsbury, pounds 14.99; 30 years after her best-selling novel 'Poor Cow' was published, Nell Dunn has written the sequel.

Merger gives Harveys listing

Lord Harris, the Carpetright chairman and Conservative Party benefactor, secured his second stock market vehicle yesterday when the pounds 80m merger between Harveys, the home furnishings chain and Cantors, the furniture retailer, was confirmed.

You meet a better type of curtain when you fly First Class...

Ever been bumped up a class when travelling by air? It's a good feeling. It happened to me just once, and I walked up the aisle ever so slightly slower than usual, attempting to convey to my fellow travellers the regal quality I suddenly felt I possessed. I swept the curtain that separated First from Second Class to one side, turned one last time to capture in my mind the squalor I was about to leave behind, and chuckled quietly, like Ming the Merciless when he wasn't quite so sure of himself (now, of course, he's a "big man", and laughs like a drain at the slightest thing).
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Homeless Veterans appeal: 'You look for someone who's an inspiration and try to be like them'

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Could cannabis oil reverse the effects of cancer?

Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

As a film following six patients receiving the controversial treatment is released, Kate Hilpern uncovers a very slippery issue
The Interview movie review: You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here

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Serial mania has propelled podcasts into the cultural mainstream

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People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

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Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

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Christmas cocktails to make you merry: From eggnog to Brown Betty and Rum Bumpo

Christmas cocktails to make you merry

Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
5 best activity trackers

Fitness technology: 5 best activity trackers

Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
Paul Scholes column: It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves

Paul Scholes column

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Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

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Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

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Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

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